3 Less-Than-Perfect Couples
This is especially true when you're with each other to the exclusion of everyone else, says Peggy Papp, editor of Couples on the Fault Line and a therapist at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York. "One partner can end up feeling trapped, smothered by the relationship, and that they can't possibly express a need for independence without the other feeling totally betrayed," she says. "So they stay and then suddenly they can't tolerate it and they're gone." One warning sign of a split is a mate who seems newly distracted or "just not there anymore," she says.